Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Directory of New Zealand Sea Fishes. Photographs, descriptions, average lengths, weights, fishing methods, and tackle for catching New Zealand fishes. Scroll down for our full species index.

Red Cod – Morid cods – Pseudophycis bachus – a good eating fish

Red cod

Red Cod – Pseudophycis bachus Red cod; also called hoka Pseudophycis bachus Red cod are a fish that many anglers love to hate. A fish that has none of the sporting qualities of our more sort after species. There are no heart-stopping runs. No jumps or leaps from the water, and no head shaking attempts to throw the hook. However, around much of More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 10 months ago
John Dory fish.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 21st, 2018

John Dory – Zeus faber – live bait is best but will take mussel baits

John Dory caught by Dane Rayner in Breaker Bay, Wellington. Click on the picture to enlarge. John Dory – Zeus faber Also called Kuparu John Dory are frequently caught around the North Island of New Zealand More...

barracouta head
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 21st, 2018

Barracouta – Thyrsites atun – Manga – Known as Cook Strait Sailfish

The barracouta – otherwise known as the “Cook Strait sailfish” Note the dentistry. Most barracouta measure just short of a metre in length. This one took a weight-forward ticer intended for a salmon More...

Bluenose Warehou - Hyperoglyphe antarctic
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic – Also Griffin’s Silverfish

Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic Bluenose Warehou are also called: blue bream, Bonita, Matiri, Deepsea Trevally, Griffin’s Silverfish, Antarctic butterfish and stone eye Ian Bowden, More...

Photograph: Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi by Allan Burgess Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand. Southern Bluefin Tuna The body of the southern bluefin tuna More...

Blue Cod - Parapercis colias
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Blue Cod (Parapercis colias) – Sort after my South Island Anglers

Blue cod photographed under water. Blue cod are very inquisitive and will often approach divers. Blue Cod – Parapercis colias Other names for blue cod: Rawaru, patutuki Blue Cod – Parapercis colias More...

Red Gurnard Marlborough Sounds featured video image
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Gurnard, Red – Chelidonichthys kumu – How to catch this tasty fish – Video

Other names for gurnard: Kumukumu is the Maori name, also widely known as Carrots! Video Title: Grunting Red Gurnard Caught Surfcasting in the Marlborough Sounds. Video Description: Red Gurnard More...

Silvery Oarfish - Regalecus glesne
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Silvery Oarfish – Regalecus glesne – Rare Fish Found Beachcast

Silvery Oarfish Found Beachcast at Masons Bay, Stewart Island by Dick Marquand David Musgrave with the rare silvery oarfish found washed ashore at Masons Bay, Stewart Island. Photo courtesy of David Musgrave. While More...

Hammerhead shark - Sphyrna zygaena.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Hammerhead Shark – Big specimens feed on stingrays

Hammerhead Shark – Sphyrna zygaena Alistair Milne caught this enormous hammerhead shark weighing 159.2kg on 24kg tackle during a Tutukaka Small Boats Tournament. It is almost certainly a smooth or common More...

This massive 21 kg tope shark was caught surfcasting near Wakanui, on the Canterbury coast east of Ashburton. It was taken on a small squid bait. Photo: Baitman.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Tope or School Shark is regarded by the IGFA as a game fish

Tope Shark caught by Allan Burgess at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. Tope Shark or School Shark Galeorhinus australis Also called School Shark. Tope fillets are sold in shops as white fish or flake. In my experience, More...